*Park Board, Aug. 4, 2016

2015 Witches Ride. The board approved a 2016 event for Oct. 30.

2015 Witches Ride. The board approved a 2016 event for Oct. 30.

The board met briefly and approved two events, denying parking permission for the International Civitans event scheduled at the Exceptional Foundation later in August, see below. (Events scheduled by the foundation are subject to prior board approval because of limited parking in the shared lot.)

Interestingly, a Facilities Committee met Tuesday with landscape architect Chuck Kelly to look over three “Gateway Project” plans Kelly had sketched out two years ago to mark the front Central Park. The project, which originally was estimated to cost $200,000, was nixed during the city budget process and the board advised to raise its own funds. New board members on Tuesday looked at the plans and will have copies of each emailed to them, presumably to share with the rest of the board. The plan is to get updated costs, then share the general designs with the public before trying again for city funding or other funding sources.

Members present: Chris Meeks, chair, Gary Isenhower, Keith Stansell, Tyler Vail, Jody Brant and Michael Murray.

Members absent: Paula Smalley and Becky Morton.

Vacancy: Marjorie Trimm, former Ward 2 representative, is moving from the city.

Staff present: Berkley Squires, public service superintendent, Stephen Jakobson, athletic director, and board secretary.

Audience attendance: 0

Approved the July 2016 meeting minutes.

The board is dusting off a three entryway designs submitted by landscape architect Chuck Kelly a few years ago. Those designs will be made public to get resident reaction and input before the board takes further steps to fund/install it.

The board is dusting off three entryway designs submitted by landscape architect Chuck Kelly a few years ago for the Central Park corner. The city turned down the board’s request for a $200,000 city appropriate to build an installation marking the park’s focal point on Oxmoor and Central. Those designs were revisited by a board committee and will be made public at some point before any further action is taken.

Discussed dusting off designs for the Entry Project: None of the new members had ever seen the drawings Chuck Kelly did in 2014 for the so-called Gateway Project to mark the park and rec center property. They got their first look in committee on Tuesday and on Thursday made no motion to go further except to report they asked to receive email copies of the drawings.

Denied an Aug. 27 Civitans International Meeting at the Exceptional Foundation:  Requests are supposed to be presented to the board in time for its meeting the previous month. The request for the Aug. 27 Civitans event came on July 27, three weeks after the July board meeting, and the board denied it because of parking demands from the pool and Back to School Bash.

Approved an Epilepsy Foundation walk/run fundraiser for November: The event will be held at Central Park on Saturday, November 12, from 7 a.m.-1 p.m., and include children’s activities.

2015 Witches Ride. The group plans a ride on Oct. 30 this year.

2015 Witches Ride. The group plans a ride on Oct. 30 this year.

Approved the annual Oct. 30 Witches Ride event benefiting the American Cancer Society: The event is a police-escorted bike ride through Homewood at dusk by women dressed in witch costumes on decorated bikes, throwing candy to kids lining the street. The ride starts and finishes at Central Park, where other fundraising activities and kids’ attractions are planned. Last year’s ride attracted 350 riders. 

*From staff and member reports.

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